Development committee

Mission statement

The CIRA Development Committee provides advice to the CIRA Director. Its aims are to foster an environment where all staff can flourish irrespective of role, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, etc. It recognises that a way to promote diversity and representation, at all levels, is through development and support of existing, and future, staff and students. It draws resources from the University and elsewhere to provide initiatives to develop CIRA’s talent and to improve the overall working environment. The committee is also a portal to provide advice for academic and non-­academic staff on career development, progression, and recognition.

Aims of the development committee

  • Advise the Director on ways that CIRA can help support academic and non-­academic career development options, both at CIRA and externally, for staff and students.
  • Elicit opinion and feedback from the wider Institute community on issues of diversity, development and working environment, as well as other issues of concern to the members of the Institute.
  • Connect to initiatives and resources at Curtin, and within the broader astronomy and engineering communities, in the areas of diversity and personnel development.
  • Improve the diversity of staff, students, visitors and speakers.
  • Monitor and publicise demographics of the institute, issues of diversity, and career development.
  • Encourage and support participation at events and workshops, etc., and on committees, that further the mission of the committee.

Current development committee members

Dr Adelle Goodwin Astronomy Chair SHE/HER
Dr Anshu Gupta Astronomy Vice Chair SHE/HER
Garvit Grover Astronomy Editor HE/HIM
Dr Bradley Meyers Astronomy DEI Liaison HE/HIM
Dr Steve Prabu Astronomy Scribe HE/HIM
Callan Wood Astronomy Student Rep HE/HIM
Susmita Sett Astronomy Member SHE/HER
Venus Chico Operations Member SHE/HER


CIRA staff and students can find additional resources on the internal CIRA wiki.